Last week I came out with my top six players for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball season (Click here to check them out). Here is the rest of my top 12 players for next season. Hope you enjoy and I know there will be some disagreements.
7. Blake Griffin PF, LAC- This guy has at it all and continues to improve on his numbers every season. This year he averaged 24.1 points (career high), 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.1 steals on 52.8 FG%/ 71.5 FT% (career high). Those are elite numbers and the best part about Griffin is that he is durable as he’s only missed four games in the past three seasons COMBINED! The knock on him was always about his low free throw percentage, but his FT% has increased over the past two seasons and there is little reason to think he can’t reach close to 75% next season. I will be happy to have him on my squads next season because he is elite in two categories (FG%/points), was the only player besides Kevin Love to average 20 plus points, 9 plus rebounds, & 3.5 plus assists per game, and is one of the most durable players in the league. Plus, we haven’t the seen the best from the dunkaholic because when he reaches the prime of his career, he will be scary good.
8.Chris Paul PG, LAC- Looking at his numbers would leave you to believe he should be higher on this list as he led the league with 10.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game while scoring 19 points per game. Those are elite numbers and that does not include his stellar 85.5 FT%. He is not ranked higher because he missed 22 games this season and 12 the previous year which is not good for a player that will be entering his tenth season in the league.
9.Carmelo Anthony SF, NYK- There is plenty of uncertainty on where Melo will be playing next season, but what is certain is he will score plenty of points and be the focal point of the offense. The small forward’s 27.4 points per game were second best in the league and he paired that with 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 3PM. Will give fantasy squads a leg up in the points department while producing in plenty of other categories.
10.James Harden SG, Hou- “The Beard” is one of the most frustrating players to watch at times because he literally swings his elbows into defenders or dives into them to draw fouls (Video Proof). It works though because he is one of three players (Durant and Dwight Howard) to attempt nine free throws or more per game. While Melo averages more rebounds per game, Harden almost doubled his assist output with 6.1 per game. Add in his 2.4 3PM and 86.6 FT%, and it is easy to see why he is ranked so high. On another note, I like to call him James " Too hard to guard" Harden because of his ability to draw fouls and knock down jumpers.
11.Russell Westbrook PG, OKC- Was hampered by a knee injury this season, but still managed to average 21.8 points,5.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game in only 30 minutes of playing time. He will be a great value next year if he lasts this long (that’s what she said) in drafts. He averaged 23 plus points in the previous two seasons which can be expected next season as well. His assists numbers have fluctuated in the past, as he averaged 7.4 assists per game in 2012-13, but only 5.5 assists per game in 2011-12. No reason to think he can’t average 7 plus assists next season because he will still have Kevin Durant as his side kick. This was the first time in his career that he missed a game during the regular season so the durability is there. The only negative fantasy stat for the athletic point guard is his low FG% (43.7) and that is why he is a little bit lower on these rankings.
12.Al Jefferson C, Cha/ LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C, Por - I know its “cheating” to have both of these players up here, but both of them are pretty much equals as they produced similar numbers this season.
Al-J : .51 FG%/.69 FT%, 21.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1 block per game
LMA: .46 FG%/.82FT%, 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1 block per game
Aldridge’s numbers are slightly better since he scores more points, produces 0.5 more assists, and shoots a lot higher FT%. However, he has also missed 13 games this season, 8 in ’12-’13, and 11 in the strike shortened season of 2011-12. Jefferson is the better pick for durability purposes, but Aldridge will average better numbers and hasn’t even reached his prime yet. I would list them as Aldridge 12A and Jefferson 12B.
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